Not even a vampire could tap me.
February 10, 2011 4:21 PM Subscribe
Is there a lancet-based or bloodless herpes, hep-c, and/or syphilis test?
posted by Netzapper to health & fitness (7 answers total)
I just got back from the clinic. I went through one phlebotomist and one RN, one needle in my arm, and one butterfly in each hand. I threw up a little, and I almost passed out. And they didn't get so much as a flash of blood. Tapping a vein has consistently been a problem throughout my life. It's definitely not the pain that's the issue, so I'll happily stick each freakin' finger. Or, hell, just cut me open. But, when they go digging around with the needle looking for it... it's traumatic--like, nightmare-grade traumatic.
So, is there a test for any of the diseases I mention above that relies on lower volumes of blood or on some other more easily-accessed fluid?
(Please note, I'm asking a specific question about the availability of such testing. I am already exploring other avenues, such as finding a pediatric phlebotomist that might have more experience with squirrely, tiny veins.)